Recipe: Roasted Broccoli

May 16, 2014 Roasted Broccoli Stacy LovesI am always trying to get more vegetables and Superfoods into my diet.  Broccoli is a Superfood and cancer-fighting food, and roasted broccoli has become one of my favorite foods…especially this recipe.

I’m not very motivated when it comes to washing, cutting, preparing, and cooking vegetables, especially since I’m usually the only one in my family who will eat them.  Unfortunately, more vegetables rot in my refrigerator than I would like.  I have good intentions when I’m at the grocery store, but unless I buy them for a specific purpose, I usually forget about them and they sit there until I get the motivation to do something with them.  Or they rot.  And it really bothers me when I have to throw food away.

So, I was really excited when I first discovered this super-easy recipe for roasted broccoli last year.  I make this often, and oftentimes I eat the entire thing in one sitting.  It is THAT good!

Ingredients

  • 1 head of broccoli, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 lemon (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Place broccoli, garlic, olive oil, salt & pepper in a ziploc bag and shake.  Alternatively, place all ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
  3. Spread out on baking sheet covered with aluminum foil.  Bake about 30 minutes.

Broccoli will be crunchy and delicious!  If desired, squeeze lemon over broccoli.  This is optional, but I do this because I love anything with lemon.  Enjoy!

Find my original post of this recipe on my blog Journey to Complete Wellness.

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February Acts of Kindness Challenge 2015

The February Acts of Kindness Challenge is a challenge that I took on with my family last year.    It was such a rewarding experience that my family and I have decided to do it again this year!  I invite you to join us and many others in spreading love and kindness all month!  The guidelines are below.

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When I think of the month of February, the first thing that comes into my mind is Valentine’s Day.  And when I think of Valentine’s Day, I am reminded of love.  So I thought it might be fun to challenge myself and my family to spread our love this month by performing at least one act of kindness each day.  When I suggested the idea to my family, they were all really excited.  I’m sure their excitement probably had something to do with me mentioning a reward at the end if we were able to complete it, but I know the real reward will be in the experience itself.

Act of Kindness Challenge Guidelines:

1.  I  have made this February Acts of Kindness Log  for each member of my family to record our acts of kindness throughout the month.  I printed it out for each family member and put it on the refrigerator.  Feel free to download and print it out as well if you would like to keep a record of your progress. 🙂

2.  Each day in February, each member of our family will perform at least one act of kindness and write it down on the log.  My definition of an Act of Kindness is: any action you take to brighten someone’s day without expecting anything in return.

3.  Each night at dinner, my family will share our acts of kindness with each other so we can continue to support and encourage each other.

4.  When the month is over, we will share what we learned with each other and take a vote to see how we want to reward ourselves!

I invite you to join us in this challenge and spread your love.  It only takes a small act to make a big impact.  Let’s make a difference together!  “Like” the Facebook page February Acts of Kindness Challenge or join the Facebook support group at February Acts of Kindness Challenge to share your ideas and inspiration. 🙂

Feel free to do more than one Act of Kindness a day.  Don’t be afraid to write them all down.  You may already do several acts of kindness each day without even realizing it.  The point here is to become aware of all the good things you already do and realize the impact it has on others.  You may also want to try to take it a step further and do some things you normally wouldn’t do.  When we make a small effort to brighten someone’s day out of love (not obligation), we are rewarded with happiness.  Anything done out of obligation is not an act of love and will only cause you to feel resentment.  It doesn’t matter whether your acts of kindness are random or intentional, but to honor your own self-care, please make sure they are performed out of love.

As you perform more acts of kindness, you may notice more acts of kindness being performed toward you.  Learn to accept these gifts with gratitude.  Many times it is more challenging for us to receive than it is to give.  We may resist acts of kindness toward us because we may feel like we will owe the other person, but when you let people do nice things for you, you are actually giving them a gift.

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Check out this link for some great Random Acts of Kindness ideas!

Check out this inspiring 5 minute video to see how one small act of kindness can make a big impact.

“Like” the Facebook Page The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.

Check out the inspiring movie, The Letter Writer.  It is a great reminder of the impact our actions have on others, and the difference one act of kindness can make.

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The initial blog post on this challenge can be found at Journey to Complete Wellness. 🙂

Do YOU have any kindness ideas, quotes, videos, or inspiration you would like to share?  Feel free to leave them in a comment below or share them on the February Acts of Kindness Challenge Facebook support group.  Thank you! 🙂

A New Year’s Resolution You Can Keep: Do You Want to Love Yourself More?

Do you want to make a New Year’s resolution you can actually keep this year?

What if the only resolution you made this year was to spend some time getting to know and love yourself so you could live a truly authentic life, using your natural gifts and talents to make the difference you were sent to make in this world?

On a scale of 1-10, how much do you love yourself?  How well do you know yourself?

If your answer to either of those questions is not as high as you would like it to be, I invite you to download my FREE e-book/journal to participate in my 31-day challenge beginning on January 1, 2015.

You will need 15 minutes of uninterrupted time each day to focus on yourself.  Turn off the phone, television, and get away from any distractions.  Each day, you will be asked one question that will help you get to know and love yourself more.

At the end of the month, the desired result will be a deeper connection to yourself, more inner peace, love, and acceptance of yourself, and hopefully a clearer vision of your priorities and where you are going in life.  You will not need to reveal your answers to anyone.

If that sounds like just what you need right now, you can download my e-book/journal The January 2015 Love Yourself More Challenge  for FREE.  The e-book will only be available for free for a limited time, so click on the book cover below to download it, and join me in working toward becoming healthy in mind, body, and spirit!

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Recipe: Pineapple-Orange-Banana Green Smoothie

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I am 23 days into October Unprocessed (doing my best to eat only REAL foods, and nothing processed for this month), and I’m feeling great!  Smoothies are one of my favorite ways to get fruits and vegetables into my diet easily.  This Pineapple-Orange-Banana Green Smoothie (originally posted on my blog Journey to Complete Wellness) is one of my favorites.  What I love the most is that all of my daughters love it, too (even with the spinach!!)  A year ago when I first started drinking green smoothies, there is no way they would have tried this.  As they watched me drink them over the past year, it has become familiar and no longer scary to them.  As long as the smoothie is cold, you can’t even taste the greens.  If you’re looking for an easy way to get more greens into your diet, this is a great way to do it!

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup orange juice (I prefer freshly juiced from a juicer, but store-bought also works.)
  • ¾ cup organic baby spinach, packed tightly
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup fresh (or frozen) pineapple chunks
  • 1 frozen banana

Instructions

  1. Blend orange juice and spinach in a blender until smooth.
  2. Add yogurt, pineapple, and banana and blend until completely smooth.

Note:  Make sure at least one of the ingredients is frozen.  If not, you may want to add ice.  You want it to be cold because the warmer it gets, the more you will start to taste the greens.

Enjoy!

If you try this smoothie, I’d love to hear what you think.  Please leave a comment below.  Also, I’m always looking for more delicious smoothie recipes.  Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe you would like to share?

Treat Everyone With Love and Kindness

Happy Wednesday!  This quote by Maya Angelou is a good reminder to treat everyone with love and kindness at all times.  You never know what battles they are facing at the moment.  Have a wonderful day!! 🙂

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Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

It’s October, and pumpkins are everywhere! This month I’ve been trying to incorporate this antioxidant-packed vegetable into some of my recipes. Here is a smoothie recipe that my family loves. My 7-year-old daughter can’t get enough of it! Enjoy! 🙂

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We have a new favorite smoothie in our house!  I have been on the green smoothie kick lately, but last week I decided to try something different and see if my daughters would give it a try.  My 11-year-old and 6-year-old both loved it!!  They have been finishing this smoothie daily and asking for more!  Like many moms, I am always looking for ways to get as many fruits, vegetables, and superfoods into our diet as possible.  This is an easy way to do it.  This smoothie is packed with superfoods…bananas, pumpkin, oranges and pineapple!  For a great resource and list of 50 superfoods, check out this link.  Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think! 🙂

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Ingredients:
¾ cup orange juice (I prefer freshly juiced, but store-bought also works)

1 cup organic vanilla yogurt (I like Stonyfield French Vanilla) OR

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